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Your Best Body Now: Look and Feel Fabulous at Any Age the Eat-Clean Way Paperback – September 28, 2010
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With her Eat-Clean Diet series and Oxygen magazine column, Reno has enlisted thousands of women for an intensive regimen of diet, weight training, and self-motivation. Here, 51-year-old Reno and a team of experts--fitness publisher Robert Kennedy, Beverly Hills physician Uzzi Reiss, psychologist Michelle Gannon, plastic surgeon Trevor Born, and makeup artist Carol Shaw--tailor her program for women, primarily wives and mothers, approaching middle age. Her promise: by taking center stage in their own lives, readers can make age 50 the new 30. In chapters on health, diet, fitness, beauty, and self-esteem, Reno amplifies Eat-Clean principles with specific tactics for readers in their 30s, 40s, and 50s. Spotlights on celebrity role models (Oprah, Goldie Hawn, Halle Berry, etc.) and first-person success stories from more typical women raise the inspirational bar. While sensible and doable, the eating plans, recipes, workout routines, beauty tips, and mood boosters are trumped by Reno's irresistible call to action. Reno's personal transformation from overweight, depressed housewife to fitness competitor, model, and TV host is persuasive, as are her age-defying physique and charismatic personality.
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About the Author
Bestselling author, magazine columnist, and 50-year-old swimsuit and fitness model, Tosca Reno, has spent the past decade putting her principles of eating clean, health, fitness, and mind/body/spirit wellness in motion in her own life, as well as those of her devotees.
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The third part of the book is titled "tool kit". It begins with a discussion of priorities. Tosca talks of collecting meaningful quotes, showing gratitude, and dealing with emotions. The next section is the recipe collection. Many of them look yummy and I look forward to trying them. They include frittatas, soups,fish, chicken and meat dishes, risotto, and even a couple of desserts. The final section has many useful forms such as a diet tracker, fitness tracker, and a diary to fill in. One of the most useful charts is the metric to US measurements converter. For those of us that like to use recipes from other countries, this is invaluable. All in all a good resource particularly if you are new to a healthy lifestyle. Others will find some inspiration and helpful hints.
If you're new to clean eating, the basic premise is that instead of counting calories, you eat as closely to nature as possible, making sure to eat a protein at every meal and snack. Also, instead of eating just three meals a day, you graze throughout the day, eating five or six "mini-meals." When I first started following Tosca's principles in her first clean eating book a few years ago, I was able to go down from a size 6 to a size 0 -- and I was never hungry! It's nice to not be on a "diet," but rather on a meal plan that allows you to eat a lot, retain muscle, and lose body fat.
Since as of the date of my review (10/5/10), there is no Look Inside feature available for this book, I thought I'd go ahead and provide a breakdown of the chapters:
--Part I: The Road to a Fabulous New You -- At Any Age
* Chapter 1: My Journey
* Chapter 2: Champion a "New You": Allow Yourself to Live Better
* Chapter 3: Jump-Start Your Best Body Now!
--Part II: Get Your Best Body Now -- For Life
* Chapter 4: Best Body Now Diet
* Chapter 5: Best Body Now Fitness
* Chapter 6: Best Body Now Health
* Chapter 7: Best Body Now Beauty
--Part III: Your Best Body Now Took Kit
* Chapter 8: Best Body Now Inspiration
* Chapter 9: Best Body Now Recipes
* Chapter 10: Best Body Now Journal
--Appendixes with Metric Conversions, References, and Useful Websites
As I mentioned at the start of this review, there is a bit of information (such as the details of Tosca's personal story of losing weight and getting in shape when she was in her 40's), but there is still plenty of useful information. For instance, if you liked the success stories in the revised version of the eat clean book (which I always find inspirational and motivating), you'll enjoy these ones -- all of which feature women who are 40 and over.
There are also strategies and tips that cover the decades from the 30's, 40's, and 50's, although, as another reviewer pointed out, Reno leaves out women who are 60+.
The Best Body Moves section also has great color photos of workout moves to add to your routine. It's nice to see these in full color, and Reno is the model for each of them. If you're new to weight-training, these should really help you with form and with putting together a routine, but if you're a seasoned lifter, you might find the exercises to be a bit more at the intermediate level.
There are also 30 new recipes in this book, which look delicious. The sample Fitness Tracker Journal page at the end can also be xeroxed and used to monitor your goals, and the Inspiration Tracker can be used to develop plans and commitments.
Overall, I'm happy I purchased this. I find Reno to be very motivating and I love looking at the success stories, so it's nice to have a book that is focused on women who are over thirty.
Make no mistake, in order to have "your best body," it takes work and discipline. Depending on where you are on your journey, it isn't going to happen "now," or even next week. But everything you can do, every bit of information you can glean from reading this book is a building block to getting you to your goals. Tosca's been there- she's very honest about having been overweight, and she's honest about clean eating being a commitment. She's not selling snake oil here, where simply having this book and a strong enough desire is enough to get you "your best body now." She's giving you a manageable blueprint to get there, and she's encouraging and friendly along the way.